- Associated Press - Friday, September 16, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Times is reporting Syracuse and Pittsburgh are in talks with the Atlantic Coast Conference about leaving the Big East to join the league.

The story posted on the newspaper’s website Friday night cited an unidentified source with direct knowledge of the talks.

If Syracuse and Pittsburgh decide to leave the Big East, it could lead to another dramatic shuffle in college athletics. Texas A&M has announced its intention to join the Southeastern Conference, leaving the future of the Big 12 in doubt.

Syracuse is a founding member of the Big East, and Pittsburgh joined the league in 1982.

ACC Associate Commissioner Amy Yakola tells the Times “at this point we wouldn’t be able to comment on speculation.”


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